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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Giant Spider and victim w/ steps on: October 13, 2012 02:19:46 PM
Last year my husband and I created this giant spider. I found a plastic sandbox turtle at the flea market for $5 and I instantly knew what I could do with it. My DH was skeptical but he played along.

We primed the turtle white, then covered it in spray foam for texture. The spray foam was an experiment, but it didn't end up making much of a difference.

Then we spray painted it black.

We screwed 3 pieces of PVC into the bottom using PVC clamps, so the PVC legs would have a place to attach to. At the ends of the PVC there are angled connectors so the legs go up.

I'm missing photos for the next steps but its not hard to imagine.  I created legs out of more PVC and connectors, then I covered them in the foam pipe insulation. We poked holes in the eyes to insert lights. The legs were a bit wobbly in the wind so we used gardening stakes in the ground and up into the legs for support, so they didn't topple over. Screwing the clamps tight prevents the pvc from rolling as well.  I don't remember how much it cost total but I'd guess between $40-$50 for both the spider and victim.

Finished Beast

I created the spider victim by making a 5ft "t" frame out of more pvc. Then I taped a bunch of plastic bags around the frame to make it more human shaped and bulky. Then I wrapped him in the fake snow sheets used in Christmas decorating. Then I wrapped some fake spider webbing around that.  We left him outside for about a month and he held up well to the rain.
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Burnt skeletons on: October 13, 2012 02:03:26 PM
I made these last year. I already had the cheap plastic skeletons from Walmart and the dollar store from previous years. I wanted creepier skeletons but didn't want to spend a fortune, so I modified my own.

 I covered the skeleton in expanding foam from a tube. Its fairly cheap but it's almost a one use item because the stopper doesn't really work so it keeps coming out of the tube. The spray foam gives it a nice texture.

After the spray foam hardened I painted the skeleton black with acrylic paint, then wiped it off, so the black stayed in the crevices.

Then I painted it a dark red to resemble burnt flesh.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait of a Deer on: September 20, 2012 04:40:48 PM
I just finished this portrait. I was inspired by a dream I had and Victorian portraits. This is very large (30x40) and took about 6-7 hours to complete. I had painted an ocean scene and then an abstract on this canvas before but I hated both so I painted over them. I modge podged paper onto the canvas then painted over it. I wish I had a man cave or cigar lounge to hang this in.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Updated! Water color moose(s) on: September 14, 2012 04:18:53 PM
This is my first complete watercolor. I've tried water colors in the past and I didn't like them, so I never finished a piece. I tried watercolor pencils and I loved them. Look of water color with more control. I like it so much, I'm going to do another one.

:::: Update ::::

Finished another water color moose.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / First garden attempt UPDATE on: July 31, 2012 05:37:34 PM
Back in September or October of last year I got it into my head that I wanted to try and grow all of our own produce. Problem is I kill everything except weeds, I'm excellent weed grower. Our soil is particularly deficient of nutrients, or so I think, also its crappy clay. For example our mature trees are the last to get leaves (a month or two later) and first to lose them in the neighborhood, even though they are the same. So I knew I need raised beds. For Christmas I asked for Lowes gift cards and gardening books because I'm a planner.  I built my beds in the middle of winter, it was relatively warm, ordered seeds and dwarf fruit trees. I was prepared, spring rolled around and I got started. I planted my 3 apples trees, one cherry and orange tree and prepped to espalier them then I killed most of my seedlings so I bought and planted starter plants from lowes. 3 of my 5 fruit trees were dug up and eaten by the dogs, that was awesome (there is a possibility the roots of one of the apple trees is still in the ground so we will see). I also bought some dying blueberry and blackberry plants this summer b/c they were half off, blue berries lived and the black berry died. Bugs kept eating my kale and cabbage, birds kept stealing my strawberries but my tomatoes are a success. This fall the brussell sprouts and pumpkins should be in, and my tomatoes keep putting out. Pretty much this season was a lot of failures but I'm pleased that I grew anything at all and I'm looking forward to next years crops. Because of gift cards my total out of pocket costs were low so that helps. Hopefully next year brings many apples.

Main beds with tomatoes, strawberries, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, blueberries.

Tomato plant that is now over 8 feet tall! Has 20-30 tomatoes on it at once.

Dwarf orange tree, Its too cold here in winter to plant outside so its potted.

Dwarf Ginger Gold apple tree

This bed no longer has dogs in it, but pumpkins plants.


For size reference the trellis is about 10 feet tall. There are about 30 green tomatoes growing on the top portion. When they ripen I'll need a ladder to get them.

From the deck view
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Winter Woods 2 paintings on: May 23, 2012 09:39:26 AM
I've been feeling creative lately, and have been obsessed with Game of Thrones, the show has such great settings and atmosphere. 

24x48 Acrylic Finished

24x36 Unfinished - I'm waffling between adding wolves or not.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Ophelia 3D Painting on: May 23, 2012 09:24:56 AM
I've seen some cool 3D art and I wanted to give it a try, and I love Shakespeare's Hamlet so I wanted to combine the two. I particularly love the scene where Ophelia kills herself by slowly drowning surrounded by flowers she picked, this is a fantastic painting of it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophelia_%28painting%29

Materials: Spakle, acrylic paint, a dollar store barbie and fake flowers.

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My versions of Starry Night on: May 03, 2012 06:49:59 PM
I've always love Van Gogh's Starry Night painting, except the village. So I decided to play around with it and cut out the village. Here are my versions.  Please excuse my terrible pictures.

This one was supposed to be a different ocean/beach scene for my living room and next thing I know it's a Starry Night version.

My favorite section.

I realized I didn't like it all sky so I added the hills back in.

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dinosaurs pic. heavy on: March 18, 2012 01:17:29 PM
Painting for a friend. She is redoing her son's room in dinosaurs and asked if I would paint something for her.



10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Poppies on: March 18, 2012 12:54:43 PM
My mom once mentioned she wanted a painting of poppies. So for her birthday this year I painted one for her. It's 4 panels that add up to 2' x 4' total. I didn't get a chance to get pictures before I shipped it (lost camera) and her pictures of it aren't great so sorry about that.

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